Wednesday July 22 2015 12:34 PM
NAI submission outlines 6 areas
As we mark World Brain Day today Wednesday, 22nd July, Neurological Alliance Ireland (NAI) is releasing its pre-budget submission which is calling on the Government to invest in services for the 700,000 Irish people living with neurological conditions. This investment is required to meet the committments outlined in the Government's own strategies for dementia, rare disease and neurorehabilitation and to address critical deficits across hospital neurology services.
MS Ireland actively contributed to the below submission and supports the key recommendations listed below.
The NAI submission outlines 6 areas of recommendation:
1. Providing a sustainable funding stream for the vital services provided by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and eleven other neurological charities funded under the SSNO scheme
2. Targeting investment in hospital based neurology services to address critical understaffing and other deficits which continue to impact on patient care
3. Developing a network of nine community based neurorehabilitation teams, one in each of the Community Health Organisation (CHO) areas as committed to in the National Neurorehabilitation Strategy published in 2011. Not one team has been put in place since the strategy was published and the three year implementation period for the strategy comes to an end in 2015.
4. Funding services to support the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy
5. Investing in appropriate services for genetic diagnosis and counselling to address the deficits recognised in the National Plan for Rare Diseases 2014
6. Ensuring access to discretionary medical cards for people with a neurological condition